Dissertation in Pacific Asian Area Studies
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The dissertation is a core component of all Masters programmes at SOAS. The supervised dissertation research requires the ability to work independently on an original piece of research, to demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature and present the resulting dissertation in a clear and organised format.
The research and writing of the Masters dissertation is a crucial component of Research-based Masters training.
The dissertation has a 10,000 word limit and counts for 33% of the overall degree. For details on presentation and submission dates, see the Postgraduate Taught Masters Handbook.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module, students should have:
- The ability to apply their subject knowledge and methodology to a specific research problem in their area of specialism;
- The skills required to pursue independent research in an academic context;
- The ability to present their work to different audiences in a clear professional form.
Students will receive a total of 8 hours contact per academic year consisting of 5 hours in seminar workshops and 3 hours individual supervision during the year.
Scope and syllabus
The students will attend five preparatory seminars over the course of the academic year, in which they will be familiarised with research methods and with what is expected of a postgraduate dissertation in Area Studies.
Method of assessment
Dissertation worth 100%: 10,000 words, due September following final year of study (exact date determined by School).